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Old 09-11-2011, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to tell if truck has the 53 block

As the title states, how do I know if the truck has a 53 or 55 block. Is there a way to tell in the vin? Or do you have to get under truck to look. I'm looking at an 2002, did they come in that model year? please help
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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there will be a 53 under the PS/VP area...
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As stated above. The letters are about 1" tall and are below the injection pump, just above where the oil pan bolts to the block. The numbers are not hard to see or find.
If memory serves me, I think the 53's were used before 2002, (2001 and older) but someone that knows better may correct me. I have an 02 and it is a 56.
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Only 98-00 have 53 blocks
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and for the record not all 98-00 have them in there.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Driver side front of engine block. Very front corner, on the side, just above the oil pan rail.
You'll find a big "53", "55", "56", or....no big numbers at all.
Note: there's a wiring harness right in the way down there though. Has a loom bolted there also. You may have to unbold that loom and move the harness to be able to see it.

Very RARELY do you see a "53" casting in an 01 or 02. I've seen a few, but, cannot confirm who put them there. (dodge or prev owner)

IMO: I wouldn't worry about what's in it now. I'd worry about what numbers are on the replacement block when/if the time came.
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mines got a 53 and its a 2001. Only 68,000 KILOMETERS on it though, and it was in there since new. Im keeping my fingers crossed.
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53 Block FAQ and Information

The way I did to chek mine is go to driver side under the truck and look near the oil pan with a good led light. Took me 5 minutes to find 54B and not 53
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what if you have no numbers at all
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what if you have no numbers at all
That's a good thing.
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Take a look just under the vacuum pump on the side of the block, you'll see it. Imagine my joy when I found this
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There is always a number on there...You just didnt find it.
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